Landlord Can You Avoid Problem Tenant Relationships?

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Published: 01st December 2010
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Of the many reasons a tenant can become a problem tenant, most of them are out your direct control. But, there some things within your control that are avoidable, that can sour the relationship with your tenant and can turn your tenant into a problem tenant.

As a private landlord that has investment properties such as houses or apartments, you must follow certain rules to be in accordance with the law. If you are not in compliance with any of these laws and your tenant is aware of them it can very easily create a problem tenant relationship.

Dealing with tenants is all about relationships, if you are compliant with all the rules that as a landlord you are required to follow by law it is much less likely your tenant will be a problem tenant through your own actions.

Security deposits or bonds are often a cause of problems

As a private landlord, in most places you are not allowed to ask for a deposit larger than one month's rent. For example, if you are charging $750 per month in rent, you cannot charge the tenant a $1000 deposit, the maximum amount you can charge is $750.

Of course, if you do allow your tenant to have pets, you can charge a separate deposit for them. Also, when you get the lease drawn up, you have to list the deposits separately, for example:$750 security deposit and $500 per pet deposit.

Additionally, you have to tell your tenant what is and what is not refundable, the bond or security deposit must be refundable (by law) if the tenant leaves your property in good condition, the proper move-out notice was given, and the lease was fulfilled. The pet deposit can be partly refundable, but you must state this in the lease agreement to avoid a Problem Tenant upon move-out.

Making Repairs to Properties

As a private landlord, you are responsible for providing certain repairs in a timely manner. For instance, if there are appliances included in the lease such as a dishwasher and it breaks, you must take a look at it or send someone else to look at it. If the appliance can not be fixed or it is uneconomic to fix then you must replace it.

Many Problem Tenant relationships begin when you as the landlord fail to hold up your end of the lease agreement. If you do not make repairs within a reasonable timeframe, your tenant will get upset or angry and could take legal action against you, which will destroy a good landlord tenant relationship.

Accessing the Property

Once your tenant signs the lease and pays the security deposit or bond the property becomes the tenant's home. You may have reason to enter the property at various times especially if you have an inspection clause in the lease(you really need to have one) but you can not enter the property without prior notice and agreement from your tenant.

Your tenant can not reasonably refuse a request for you to enter the property as long as the reason is within the terms of the lease.

One of the fastest ways of creating a problem tenant relationship is by entering your property without prior notice or agreement from your tenant.

Final Thoughts

In order to avoid creating a Problem Tenant relationship, it is important that you, as a landlord fulfill your obligations in the lease and comply with the laws in your location when it comes to renting your properties.


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